Virginia Tech expert explains why Mike Pence’s presidential run is historic

The former vice president announced Wednesday he will be running for President in 2024

BLACKSBURG, Va. – Former U.S. Vice President Mike Pence announced his candidacy for president on Wednesday morning via a video posted to Twitter.

Experts say this is the first time in U.S. history that a former vice president, Pence in this case, will be vying for a presidential bid against his former president, Donald Trump.

In Pence’s announcement video, he mentioned previous Republican candidates like Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan.

“On the one hand, it’s a throwback on the other hand, it’s saying this is a new and improved nominee and I can bring you what Donald Trump promised but was unable to,” Virginia Tech’s Professor of Political Science, Dr. Karen Hult said.

Dr. Hult said while polls show Trump is the front-runner for the GOP nomination, a lot can change between now and the Iowa Caucus scheduled for next February.

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